Illinois quick hits: Man sentenced for collision with state trooper

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Illinois quick hits: Man sentenced for collision with state trooper

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A Joliet man is going to prison after pleading guilty to crashing into and severely injuring an Illinois State Trooper.

Angel Casillas,23, has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars for the incident that critically injured Brian Frank in February 2021. Frank was one of several troopers responding to a crash on Interstate 55 near Joliet.

Dash-cam footage showed Frank’s patrol car stopped for over 20 minutes with nearly 500 cars safely navigating around it. A few minutes later, prosecutors said Casillas, driving over 80 mph in the left lane, slammed into the back of Frank’s car.

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Southern Airways Express would offer trips to and from Chicago and St. Louis. Contour Airlines is proposing Chicago-bound flights as well. The Decatur Park Board will look over the proposals next week.

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